Monday, December 3, 2012
Is this continuous flaring (the burning off of unwanted natural gas) from a deepwater oil production platform, or from a drill rig? Does anybody know who is currently operating out there? Any help "sea-truthing" this site would be greatly appreciated!
The location is 3.477568° North latitude, 5.569900° East longitude.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
|Oily leak in East Bay on November 10, 2012. Photo courtesy Bonny Schumaker.|
Back in 2010 there was a deepwater drill rig, the Ocean Saratoga, at the site for a while, working to plug the leaking wells. But the rig departed long ago for work elsewhere, and we haven't seen any sign of repair activity there since. Nevertheless, the company reports the continuing leak on a near-daily basis to the National Response Center, and we continue to see the slick on satellite images and during aerial overflights.
Bonny Schumaker of On Wings of Care flew over the Taylor Energy site on Friday (November 9). Scroll down in her blog post to see video and pics of the Taylor oil slick.
To see more info and pics on this chronic pollution source, check out SkyTruth's site chronology and report.
[[Location: 28.938022, -88.970963]]
Monday, November 5, 2012
NOAA aerial survey photography taken after the spill gives us a very useful tool for analyzing storm damage, by comparing with pre-spill high-resolution imagery in Google Earth. We've shown some of the severe structural damage and beach erosion revealed by these photos. Now we'll take a look at oil pollution: NOAA air photos shot on November 2 and November 3 show many oil slicks on the Arthur Kill, near marinas and industrial facilities. Some of the slicks are probably from the Motiva spill. We were able to identify two storage tanks on the aerial imagery that were moved off their foundations and partially crumpled. These may be the source of the spill. [READ MORE]
|NOAA aerial imagery showing oil slick at mouth of tributary to the Arthur Kill.|
Friday, June 22, 2012
The Suspected source of the methane is a frack site operatoed by Shell on the Guindon farm in Union Township
NPR Reports that Tioga County Emergency Services Coordinator Denny Colegrove suspects that an unmapped, abandoned gas well more than 70 years old is part of the problem.
The geyser is now under control, and evacuation is being planned for residents within a 1-mile radius.
If the cause is determined to be a horizontal frack intersecting with an unmapped, improperly abandoned well, then this is great concern for the future of fracking in a state that is littered with thousands of abandoned wells.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The wells in that area of Bradford County are MORSE 3H and MORSE 5H, with API numbers 015-20929 and 015-20932 respectively. The permits for both wells were issued on May 26th, 2010. The drilling for 3H began on September 17th, 2010 and for 5H, August 23rd, 2010.
[[Location: 41.683219, -76.656019]]
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Yesterday's low resolution MODIS/Terra satellite image of the area, shot at 16:50 UTC (10:50 am local time) shows what appears to be a narrow, 17-mile-long slick in the vicinity of the two platforms. We often see slicks from known natural oil seeps that are about this size; some in the Green Canyon area to the west show up well on this same image. Low clouds and their shadows are scattered across the lower half of this view:
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
|Radar satellite image showing small slick at North Sea blowout site, taken on April 4, 2012 at 9:29 pm local time. Envisat ASAR image courtesy European Space Agency.|
Thursday, April 5, 2012
|Image courtesy European Space Agency.|
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
|Envisat ASAR image courtesy European Space Agency.|
Thursday, March 22, 2012
|March 201, 2012 Envisat ASAR radar satellite image courtesy European Space Agency.|
Monday, March 19, 2012
back in 1978). Oil slick sightings were reported to the National Response Center, probably by personnel on the nearby platforms, on March 14, 15 and 16. No source or cause is indicated in the reports. We don't know if there is any active drilling occurring in the area.
Friday, March 16, 2012
But optical satellite imagery of this area (MODIS and MERIS) have had problems with clouds and haze for the past few days, so we haven't seen any sign of the latest slick. Radar images don't have that problem, but the most recent radar image we have was taken at about 9pm local time on March 9, and it looks clean around the SEDCO 706 site:
|Detail from radar satellite image taken March 9, 2012, showing area of reported Chevron leak. Envisat ASAR image courtesy European Space Agency.|
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Work will continue on a relief well so that the failed Funiwa-1A well can be properly plugged and abandoned.
We don't see any signs of the fire on today's MODIS/Terra satellite image.
Monday, February 27, 2012
|Small slick apparently emanating from
location of Chevron's Funiwa-1A gas well blowout. Envisat ASAR image
taken February 27, 2012. Image courtesy European Space Agency.|
|Envisat ASAR image taken February 23, 2012 showing small slick apparently emanating from location of Platform P-51. Image courtesy European Space Agency.|
Thursday, February 23, 2012
|Envisat ASAR satellite radar image off Vietnam, February 22, 2012. Image courtesy European Space Agency.|
|Envisat ASAR image courtesy European Space Agency.|
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
|Detail from Envisat ASAR image taken February 8, 2012. Location of blowout marked by rig symbol. Image courtesy European Space Agency.|
Monday, February 6, 2012
Chevron "has moved food and supplies to the communities in the area to recognize the help and support that they have given the company."
satellite image of Niger Delta showing fire from Chevron offshore well
blowout (red spot at center). Image taken February 5, 2012. Courtesy
NASA/MODIS Rapid Response Team.|
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
The spill was reported to be about 315 gallons. Video and photos from the affected beaches show one hell of a mess. I guess a little really goes a long way when it comes to an oil spill:
This spill is reminiscent of Shell's recent spill off Nigeria caused when oil leaked from a cracked transfer line between an FPSO and a shuttle tanker. It's possible this Petrobras spill happened at the other end of an FPSO operation, where the shuttle tanker was offloading its cargo to a coastal facility. This is a concern, since FPSOs are now being used in US waters in the Gulf of Mexico for deepwater oil development -- and Petrobras, the world leader in FPSOs, has already had a serious failure at the first FPSO installation under construction in the Gulf.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
|Say hello to my little friend: Scarabeo-9 arrives to begin deepwater drilling off Cuba. Photo courtesy Shipspotting.com.|
The Scarabeo-9, a big semisubmersible drill rig owned by Italian company ENI, just built in China, and currently under contract to the Spanish oil company Repsol, has arrived in the Florida Straits off the north coast of Cuba to begin exploratory oil drilling. The rig will begin its work in exploration block N27 (see map after the jump) just 90 miles from Key West, in water about 6,500' deep. That's 1,500' deeper than the site of the BP / Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf in 2010.
Friday, January 20, 2012
The Funiwa field has both oil and gas reservoirs. A big question on everyone's mind: Could this lead to a major oil spill? Is there a lot of oil already coming out of the well right now, fueling this blowtorch of a fire? Some have reported sighting slicks and sheen in the vicinity.
Satellite imagery gives us some reason for optimism so far. This Envisat ASAR radar satellite image taken today shows only a very small slick around what we infer to be the location of the burning Endeavor, based on multiple observations of the fire itself on MODIS 7-2-1 satellite images and the bright spots on the radar image that indicate big hunks of metal out in the water (rigs, vessels, platforms):
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
|K.S. Endeavor jackup drilling rig burning off Nigeria's coast on January 16, 2012. Photo courtesy Chevron.|
|Detail of MODIS 7-2-1 infrared image along Niger Delta coastline, January 17, 2012. Bright red spot marks inferred location of the burning K.S. Endeavor jackup drill rig.|